CUPE election 2004 site

Federal election 2004


Question of the day

Which party is most committed to rebuilding strong communities?

[Jun 25, 2004 10:35 AM] Public services have been front and centre in this election, with health care dominating the debate but discussion too of child care, municipal infrastructure, housing and other public services. The key question for CUPE members is which party do you think will best rebuild strong communities and protect public services?

What party do you think will best address the issues of special importance to women?

[Jun 24, 2004 10:16 AM] There are still a large number of undecided voters - many of them women. And even among decided voters, polls show many women are still weighing whether to switch their vote. A key question for women voters is how parties will deal with issues like funding for social programs, child care, peace and equality rights.

What will you do to ensure municipalities have the resources they need to meet pressing needs in our communities?

[Jun 23, 2004 12:23 PM] Canada’s mayors say that $60 billion is needed to tackle the infrastructure needs of Canadians - upgrading and expanding water systems, public transit, roads and bridges. As well, there’s a huge social deficit in terms of housing and community services. What action will you take to increase and speed up the transfer to municipalities of the resources they need to meet pressing needs in our communities?

What will you do to make sure federal health funding goes towards public building and running of Canada’s hospitals?

[Jun 22, 2004 10:57 AM] P3 hospitals – so-called public private partnerships – lead to cost overruns, secrecy and controversy. P3s may sound like good deals at first, but if you look closer, you find that corporations profit, taxpayers lose and patient care suffers. What steps will you take to make sure that federal health funding goes towards public building and running of Canada’s hospitals?

Will you scrap investors’ rights to sue under NAFTA and how will you work for fairer trade?

[Jun 21, 2004 10:40 AM] Under NAFTA foreign corporations have the right to sue Canada for damages if a decision by any government restricts current or potential profits. This power, set out in Chapter 11, puts corporate interests ahead of the public interest. Will you make a commitment to scrap investors’ rights to sue under NAFTA and how will you work for fairer trade?

What will you do to ensure publicly funded and delivered home care for people who need it?

[Jun 20, 2004 02:08 PM] In Manitoba, home care is publicly funded, administered and delivered. This public system costs less while assuring universal access and quality care. What will you do to ensure all people who need it have access to home care through publicly funded and delivered health and social services?

What will you do to preserve our culture, strengthen the CBC and increase our capacity to tell our own stories as Canadians?

[Jun 19, 2004 12:10 PM] Despite the tremendous role that home-grown culture plays in the everyday lives of Canadians, funding to crucial institutions like the CBC is shrinking, foreign corporations dominate our airwaves and Canadian content on our TV and movie screens is dropping. What specific measures will you take to preserve our culture, strengthen the CBC and increase our capacity to tell our own stories?

What will you do to ensure Canadians have access to sustainable publicly delivered electricity?

[Jun 18, 2004 11:44 AM] Canadians need reliable, affordable and publicly delivered electricity to ensure a green and prosperous future. But the Liberals have failed to show any leadership on this issue, instead tying our national electricity policies to those of George W. Bush. What specific steps will you take to ensure all Canadians have access to sustainable publicly delivered electricity and that Canada has an improved east/west electricity grid?

What will you do to ensure clean, safe water as a public good - and not a private commodity?

[Jun 17, 2004 10:42 AM] Access to safe, clean drinking water has already become a matter of life and death in Canada. What will you do to ensure local communities have the resources to provide clean, safe water to all their residents as a public good - and not a private commodity?

What will you do to stop Canada’s support for Star Wars?

[Jun 16, 2004 11:19 AM] The American Star Wars “missile defence” program will cost billions of dollars, lead to weapons in space, trigger a new arms race and hike global insecurity. What will you do to stop Canada’s support for Star Wars?

What would Harper cut?

[Jun 15, 2004 11:17 AM] The Conservative election platform carries a built-in deficit of over $11 billion. If they can’t pay for their own promises, what would they cut to balance the books? Virtually every public service would be at risk.

What will you do to ensure residents of Canada can get the services they need no matter where they live?

[Jun 14, 2004 12:40 PM] What will you do to ensure that equalization payments are calculated in a fair way so that residents of Canada can get the services they need no matter where they live?

Will Canada make war or wage peace?

[Jun 13, 2004 10:43 AM] Canadians want to maintain and enhance our peacekeeping traditions but the Liberals and Conservatives are pushing more military spending.

What will you do to scrap the head tax on immigrants and make Canada more welcoming?

[Jun 12, 2004 09:55 AM] Paul Martin introduced a new $975 “head tax” on immigrants. Stephen Harper seems to think that’s a good thing. What will you do to scrap the head tax and reform Canada’s immigration laws to make our country more open and welcoming?

What will you do to end wage discrimination against women and minorities?

[Jun 11, 2004 09:10 AM]

The federal Pay Equity Task Force has called for a new law to end wage discrimination against women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities and Aboriginal people. Would you support such legislation and what will you do to move it forward?

How will you ensure Kyoto is implemented and how will you reduce fossil fuel use?

[Jun 10, 2004 12:21 PM] The Kyoto Accord, signed in 1997, lays out realistic and necessary timelines for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to stave off global climate change. How will you ensure Kyoto is implemented and how will you reduce fossil fuel use?

What will you do to stop plans to cut back the number of flight attendants on airlines in Canada?

[Jun 9, 2004 01:25 PM]

Airline executives and Transport Canada want to cut the number of flight attendants on airlines in Canada, putting passenger safety at risk. What will you do to stop the dangerous plan to reduce the number of flight attendants on airlines in Canada?

What will you do to ensure Canada meets its commitment to increase assistance to the world’s poorest countries?

[Jun 8, 2004 08:34 AM] Thirty-five years ago, Canada pledged to devote 0.7 per cent of its gross domestic product to foreign aid. Today, Canada gives only 0.29 per cent. What will you do to ensure Canada meets its commitment to increase assistance to the world’s poorest countries to 0.7 per cent?

What will your party do to make Canada a more equal society?

[Jun 7, 2004 10:45 AM] The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, as governments have cut back social programs and rewarded more wealthy Canadians with tax cuts. What will your party do to make Canada a more equal society?

What will you do for young Canadians?

[Jun 6, 2004 11:34 AM]

Many young Canadians are frustrated and angry because we can’t find a job, can’t afford tuition, can’t pay off our loans, can’t afford our own home. What will your party do to open up good jobs for young workers, to reduce tuition and debt, and to help us move forward with our lives?

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